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Reed Smith taps Jackson Abbeduto as counsel in its Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group in California

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Jackson Abbeduto has joined global law firm Reed Smith as counsel in its Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group. He will be based in the firm’s Century City, CA office.

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Abbeduto spent almost a decade at Universal Music Publishing Group and three years at Google/YouTube. "Throughout his career, Abbeduto has developed a proficiency in complex legal matters at the intersection of music and technology," said Reed Smith in a statement.

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Concord Music Publishing ANZ signs global publishing deal with John Butler

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Melbourne-based Concord Music Publishing ANZ has signed Australian songwriter John Butler to a new global publishing agreement. The deal, which excludes Japan, covers Butler’s full catalogue including songs such as ‘Better Than’, ‘Zebra’ and ‘Ocean’.

“I am very pleased to be joining the Concord Music Publishing family," said Butler. "It is exciting to be working closely with a team based out of Australia and being reconnected with people who I have worked with in previous years and feel as ...

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Downtown Music appoints Molly Neuman as the new President of CD Baby

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Molly Neuman has been appointed President of Downtown Music's Direct-to-Creator division CD Baby. She succeeds the online distributor of independent music’s previous President, Scott Williams, who will remain on as a consultant to Downtown and CD Baby.

The company said the appointment of Neuman — who will oversee both of Downtown’s Direct-to-Creator brands, CD Baby and Soundrop — "solidifies Downtown's commitment to empowering independent artists globally." Neuman joins CD Baby from Downtown...

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Richard Burgess will step down in 2026 after ten years as President/CEO of A2IM

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Richard James Burgess announced that he planned to step down in January 2026 from his role as President and CEO of A2IM, the United States' independent labels' group, to coincide with a decade as the leader of the New York-based organisation.

Burgess' announced his decision at the end of A2IM's Annual General Meeting, which closed the A2IM Indie Week 2024 in New York. Burgess said that after ten years in the job, there were "other ventures" he wanted to pursue, without giving more details.

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